Episode 020 : Shaw Quentin
Friday, June 4th, 2021
CLINIK: What is the significance of the name Shaw Quentin?
Shaw Quentin: Shaw comes from my name Sasha, and Quentin is a bit of an homage to my love for film! (Cuz Quentin Tarantino)
C: How has your hometown influenced your outlook on music, if at all?
SQ: I think the diversity of the Bay Area really allows you to hear and experience so many different styles of music and cultures. There’s a little bit of everything here, so it’s just a matter of finding what resonates with you the most! I feel like it’s made me pretty open minded and appreciative of all genres really..
C: What initially inspired you to produce original music?
SQ: Music has always been a big part of my life throughout my adolescence, so it was just a matter of time that I began writing my own material! It’s also quite hard to establish yourself in the scene as just a DJ, so putting out music is a great way to show the world who you are and establish some kind of brand.
C: What is your preferred DAW and why? What are your favorite tools to use for sound design?
SQ: I’ve tried many different DAWs, but to this day I remain loyal to FL Studio! I just love how easy it is to get ideas out on the fly and develop patterns together. Favorite tool for sound design would probably be my Minilogue XD, I can spend hours locked in my room with that thing!
C: What was your process for putting together you new Womb EP, which received great praise from fans?
SQ: It was a fun one for sure! Certainly a lot of Hot Since 82 influence on that one. Like 90% of all the synths, bass, and leads you hear on there are from my Minilogue too! Pacifica is a cool, divergence from my typical style with this darker, ambient 2-step direction. Overall, super happy with it and quite pleased with the response! Especially for a self release.
C: If you could go b2b with any artist, who would it be and why?
SQ: Probably Marco Carola! In my opinion, he’s one of the best I’ve seen and would be an honor to grace the decks with him.. Also interested to see if I’d be able to make him laugh haha
C: How would you describe your music to someone who has never heard it before?
SQ: Moody ‘n groovy! :)
C: You are a very unique artist. What advice would you give to up and coming artists who don’t want to hop on trends and want to create their own lane like you have?
SQ: You can either be “another somebody” or the “first to do it”. So, just go for it! Don’t be afraid to express yourself and believe in your sound. It’s really easy to get caught up in the “what ifs” like “what if people dont like it?” As long as you love what you’re writing, other people will too.
C: What is one venue or festival in the world that you would love to perform at?
SQ: Ever since they launched the Yuma tent at Coachella in 2013, it’s been at the top of my list for festivals / venues to play. But of course places like Pacha and Circoloco in Ibiza are certainly up there :).
C: What are your goals as an artist for the rest of the year?
SQ: Definitely want to take a pause on doing self releases and focus on getting some tracks signed. Got a lot of material put together over this quarantine so I’m itching to put more tracks out and stoked to start playing shows again!